Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 – Mauritius among the ten best countries
Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organizations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective. Additionally, cybersecurity is not just a concern of the government but also needs commitment from the private sector and consumers. Thus, it is important to develop a cybersecurity culture where citizens are aware of the trade-off between risks and monitoring when using electronic networks.
Cybersecurity is an increasingly important part of our life today, and the degree of interconnectivity of networks implies that anything and everything can be exposed, and everything from national critical infrastructure to our basic human rights can be compromised. Governments are therefore urged to consider policies that support continued growth in technology sophistication, access and security, and as a crucial first step, to adopt a national cybersecurity strategy.
The information and communication technologies (ICT) networks, devices and services are increasingly critical for day-to-day life. In 2016, almost half the world used the Internet (3.5 billion users) and according to one estimate, there will be over 12 billion machine-to-machine devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Yet, just as in the real world, the cyber world is exposed to a variety of security threats that can cause immense damage.
Ranked among the top ten most committed countries globally and 1st in Africa, Mauritius proactively take measures to curtail threats on different networks within the country. It scores particularly high in the legal and the technical areas. Capacity building is another area where Mauritius does well. The government IT Security Unit has conducted 180 awareness sessions for some 2 000 civil servants in 32 government ministries and departments.
However, the research also revealed that while increased Internet access and more mature technological development is correlated with improvement in cybersecurity at the global level.
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